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>> couric: i'm katie couric. also tonight, he was out to kill as many americans as he could. the failed times square bomber is sent to prison for life, but not before he delivers a chilling message. and campaign 2010, what they're spending on ads is spell binding. >> i'm not a witch. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. they were thieves in the night and their crime was horrifying. two convicts out on parole broke into the home of a prominent doctor in cheshire, connecticut, and killed his wife and their t.w.a. two daughters in cold blood. only the doctor survived. today, the first of the suspects to stand trial was convicted of murder. he could get the death penalty. national correspondent jeff glor reports from the courthouse in new haven.
jeff? >> reporter: katie, the your today took only four and a half hours to deliberate. the reaction from inside the courtroom from family members was muted because they know this case is not over yet. the brutal murders of jennifer hawke-petit and her daughters haley, 17, and mikaila, 11, were described to a connecticut jury for nine days before they found c defendant steven hayes guilty on 16 counts. the only survivor, dr. william petit, was asked if the convict verdict brought any relief. >> there's some relief, but my family is still gone. it doesn't bring them back. it doesn't bring back the home that we had. >> reporter: prosecutors say hayes, then 44, and 26-year-old joshua komisarjevsky, both parolees, broke into the petit home in suburban connecticut in july, 2007. they beat william petit
unconscious with a baseball bat, tying up his family overnight. later, hayes forced jennifer-hawke petit to withdraw $15,000 from the bank. surveillance video shows her pleading with a bank teller. a bank manager called 911. >> reporter: she returned home and police did respond, but they could not prevent hays from raping and strangling jennifer hawk petit. komisarjevsky had already sexual assaulted young mikaila. before fleeing, the intruders doused the mothers and daughters with gasoline and set the home on fire. both defendants offered to plead guilty in exchange for life sentences but prosecutors said no, spurred on by dr. petit himself, who has been outspoken in his support of the death penalty. >> most of you out here are, you know, are good human beings. i think you probably would all do the same thing for your
families if your family was destroyed by evil. >> reporter: this case is seen as a rerch couple on the death penalty in connecticut which ised abolishing it. up next for steven hayes, the penalty phase of his trial when jurors decide on death or not. katie? >> couric: jeff, when does that penalty phase begin and what about the other defendant in this case? >> reporter: the penalty phase begins two weeks from today. that should last for about a week. the trial for the other defendant, though, doesn't begin until next year. katie? >> couric: all right. jeff glor in new haven, connecticut, jeff, thank you. now to a different kind of terror, those plots to attack european cities. western officials told cbs news today that german new limbs apparently were killed in yesterday's u.s. drone attack in pakistan. that's where the plots were reportedly hatched. at least 70 germans are believed to be training with islamic militants there. meanwhile, police swooped down today on islamic militant networks in three cities in the south of france. 12 suspects were arrested, three
of them accused of recruiting muslims to fight u.s. troops in afghanistan. meanwhile, here in new york, the man who hoped to kill as many americans as possible by blowing up his car in times square smirked when he was sentenced to life in prison today. and as national correspondent jim axelrod reports, faisal shahzad made a new threat. >> i have been trying to join my brothers in jihad ever since 9/11 happened but today i among them am planning to wage an attack inside america. >> reporter: mirroring the threat he is made in this jihad video, faisal shahzad told the court today "brace yourselves because the war with muslims has just begun. consider me the first droplet of the flood that will follow." as federal judge miriam goldman cedar balm sentenced shahzad to life, she instructed him to think carefully about whether the koran wants you to kill lots of people. shahzad responded "koran gives us the right to defend."
prosecutors say shahzad believed he would kill about 40 people by detonating a car bomb in times square this past may 1. the f.b.i. recreation of shahzad's intended explosion shows the devastation the bomb would have produced had it gone off. shahzad told prosecutors he planned the attack online, calling up web cams that broadcast realtime images of right here in times square around the clock so he could see when it was busiest here and inflict maximum damage. but despite five days of explosives training in pakistan, the bomb did not detonate. a manhunt captured him two days later. shahzad pleaded guilty to ten terror and weapons charges but former federal prosecutor anne mama ree mcavoy says it would be a mistake to think of this as a failure. >> even without it become successful there was a huge impact on america. i come down to the times square area quite a bit. you never look at times square
now without having that in the back of your mind. >> reporter: the 31-year-old shahzad was asked heading off to prison for life if he had any final words. he said "i'm happy with the deal god has given me." katie? >> couric: jim axelrod in new york city in times square. jim, thank you. since 9/11, the government has stepped up its background checks on federal workers. today the supreme court heard arguments from a group of nasa contractors who claim investigators are prying too deeply into their personal lives. they want the background checks stopped. tomorrow, the justices take up a landmark case on the outer limits of free speech. the question is whether a church group has the right to protest at military funerals even if many americans find their message outrageous, even hateful. here's chief legal correspondent jan crawford. >> reporter: ever since he was little, matthew snyder wants to be a marine. >> he had a drive to help people, i think. >> reporter: in january, 2006, he was deployed to iraq, just five weeks later, his father's
doorbell rang. >> it was two marines and before i even opened the door i knew what they were there for. >> reporter: matthew snyder was dead. the reverend fred phelps and his westborough baptist church took notice. ♪ god hates america... >> reporter: phelps and his followers believe god punishes america for tolerating homosexuals. they repeatedly picket soldiers' funerals carrying signs like "thank god for dead soldiers." the group was on a public sidewalk in front of the snyders' church when he and his family arrived but once inside snyder still could not get them out of his mind. >> the worst thing that i fight now is the anger with the phelps for taking away that last moment that matt was here on the earth. >> reporter: after the funeral, the church took its campaign to its web site. >> they went on the internet and
put on the internet that my ex-wife and i had raised mat for the devil. >> reporter: snyder had enough. he sued and eventually won $5 million in damages. but an appeals court threw out the verdict against the phelps. what gives you the right to protest in front of someone's funeral? >> i didn't... do you understand what a public right of way is? what gives you the right to cover that funeral? what gives you the right to run a news story about it? i tell you. pick me. the first stinging amendment. >> reporter: but for al snyder, the case is about matthew. >> somebody said to me five million dollars, i bet you'd give it up to have matt back. i would give it up just to say good-bye. >> reporter: the phelps have protested at hundreds of military funerals. again, they're not targeting gay soldiers, they're targeting all soldiers. there's a small group here
tonight. they're going to be back at the supreme court tomorrow protesting again what they say is god's retribution for america's tolerance of homosexuals. katie? >> couric: jan, these protestors are not very sympathetic to say the least, yet they've got a number of groups supporting their position >> reporter: that's right, katie. the american civil liberties union, a number of journalist organizations, the reporters' committee for the freedom of press, the number of first amendment scholars. they say the principle is simple: the government can't ban offensive or even hateful speech just because they don't like it. how do you draw that line? it's a very slippery slope, they say. katie? >> couric: jan crawford at the supreme court. swran, thanks very much. earlier this year, in a very controversial decision, the supreme court ruled 5-4 that south side groups may spend unlimited amounts of money attacking candidates for office. now four weeks before the midterms with control of congress at stake, congressional correspondent nancy cordes reports we're seeing the impact of that decision unfold before
our eyes. >> none of us are perfect. >> reporter: with less than a month to go, delaware's christine o'donnell is far from the only candidate doing damage control. >> i'm not a witch. i'm nothing you've heard. i'm you. >> reporter: but most candidates are using this final stretch... >> i'm linda mcmahon and i approve this message. >> reporter: ...to unleash their most devastating attacks. >> would you lie about serving in a war? dick blumenthal did. >> reporter: they're bolstered this year by record expenditures from outside groups who are often even less constrained by facts thatten the politicians they support. >> michael bennett was a deciding vote on obamacare. >> reporter: so far outside groups have spent $69 million on these elections compared to the $16 million they spent all all of the 2006 midterm elections. >> the control over the election process is moving away from the voters and to these people who can spend all this money. >> reporter: republican groups are raising the lion's share of
that money-- outspending democratic groups 5-1 in the past month and a half. most of your money is coming from millionaires. >> well, actually, we've gotten a lot of support from all sorts of different kinds of people. >> reporter: sty venn law runs american cross roads, a group founded this year by republicans. just today the group announced a $4.2 million ad buy in eight states, bringing its total spending this election season to $18.2 million. your critics say you're operating almost like you're the republican national committee but without any of the rules. >> well, i think it's hard to replace a party committee. they have direct relationships with candidate which is we don't. we're completely independent. >> reporter: double teamed by his opponent and outside groups, wisconsin senator russ feingold is trying to take them both on. >> in pro-football they call this excessive celebration. it's the kind of behavior the corporate special interests and ron johnson are engaging in. >> reporter: republicans argue they're just taking the place book written by moveon.org and
other democratic groups and putting it on steroids. katie? >> couric: nancy cordes on capitol hill, nancy, thank you. one more note about big money from must be must money money, cbsmoneywatch.com, the dow closed at its highest level in five months, oh, so close to 11,000. still ahead here on the "cbs evening news," a revolution in school lunches. they're not the way we remember them. but up next, enlightenment after dark. why these community college classes are being held at midnight. great news! for people with copd, including chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both, advair helps significantly improve lung function. while nothing can reverse copd, advair is different from most other copd medications because it contains both an anti-inflammatory
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>> yeah. i'm tired. i'm... (laughs) . >> reporter: >> >> yes. i'm tired. >> reporter: 26-year-old blare groves is enrolled in so-called midnight oil glasses. the daytime schedule is jam packed so bunker hill community college in boston has been forced to add five late-night classes running from 11:45... >> class dismissed. >> reporter: ...to 2:30 in the morning. community college enrollment has jumped 17% in the last two years. 25% here at bunker hill. when money's tight, coming to a community college can be k make perfect sense. full time tuition here at bunker hill is about $3,000 a year whereas a private four-year college in massachusetts can be ten times as much. do you feel the recession here in a lot of ways? >> absolutely feel it. because these people have lost jobs or they're trying to change their careers.
>> reporter: like groves, who works a full shift for southwest airlines. then at 11:15 p.m. he leaves the job he loves to study for a career in health care. >> i love to work in orthopedics someday. >> reporter: so this is going back, trying to get some new skills, looking ahead at maybe doing something else someday. >> just trying to benefit myself in any way i can. >> reporter: he's looking to transfer in two years to study biology. but he'll be an exception. only one in four community college students transfers to a four-year school or earns a two-year associate's degree. >> these are all words in this chapter. >> reporter: so the federal government is pumping an extra $2 billion into the system, now strapped by state budget cuts. the goal is for students like blair groves to raise up the number of college graduates-- provided by he can stay up. when do you sleep? >> saturday. >> reporter: seth doane, cbs news, boston. >> couric: in hungary, six
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lunchroom. >> i love broccoli. >> lettuce? tomatoes. >> i like celery. >> carrots and all that good stuff. >> reporter: these students are saying yes to healthy foods and no to junk foods thanks to kristin richmond and kirstin toby, founders of revolution foods. >> we are just so motivated by the idea of creating a healthier generation. >> reporter: they're revolutionizing school cafeterias. unlike old school lunchrooms, revolution foods won't serve anything with high fructose corn syrup or transfats, meats and dairy are antibiotic and hormone free. they prefer local organic ingredients. nothing is ever fried but it's always tasty. they promise. >> we knew students if they were given the choice of a healthy meal that actually tasted really good and looked really good and was approachable to them, we knew they would eat it. >> reporter: five years ago, the berkeley business school grads were preparing 200 meals a day for one school.
>> looks good. >> reporter: now they're running a company that serves almost 60,000 fresh and healthy meals to mostly low-income students in 350 schools and programs from california to d.c. though it can cost as much as a dollar more for these healthier meals, schools say the added benefit is worth the added cost. >> you can feel the energetic gives you after you eat. >> reporter: their recipe for success? classic dishes are given a healthy twist. chicken teriyaki is served over brown rice. >> what do you you think? >> reporter: i like this. spaghetti and meat balls made with less sugar in the sauce. this is better than most cafeteria foods. and students get a say in the menu. >> would people like meat lasagna? >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: what if they don't like it? >> oh, they tell us. (laughs) they're very vocal. students don't hold back in terms of their opinion. >> reporter: they're letting them know old eating habits are changing one healthy bite at a time. bill whitaker, cbs news,
oakland, california. >> couric: looks good. that is the "cbs evening news" for tonight. tomorrow, the story of a boy who since birth was barely able to hear. we'll show you the results of truly remarkable surgery that changed his life. i'm katie couric. thank you for watching. see you tomorrow. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org [ male announcer ] it's sunday afternoon.
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